Gentri Lee


Rip Van Winkle

There is a story about a man named Rip Van Winkle who slept for 20 years. He had met some strange men in a forest who offered him a drink, he partook of it and when he awoke, his gun had rusted, his dog was gone, and everything in the village where he lived had changed. And yet, it was still the town he knew. 

I have been having a bit of "Rip Van Winkle Syndrome" lately... Ever since traveling back to Utah. My mind is so confused and I'm having a hard time focusing. It feels as though the last six months in Maryland have been a dream and nothing more. I just took a really long nap and woke up to find things in Utah completely different and yet, somehow just the same... My best friend is now married, other friends have moved to or from Utah, and my brain keeps trying to convince me that I have actually traveled back in time to this time, last year. It's all very confusing. 

But I am going back to Maryland tomorrow, and things might start to feel more real again. I think it's just been such a whirlwind since I arrived in Utah. I have been going non-stop with photo shoots, wedding things, seeing people, makeup appointments, and trying to do all of the things I want to do. It makes me sad to be going back to Maryland, just because being in Utah feels so normal, but I love it there and have completely enjoyed the experiences I've had... So it's just bittersweet.

I am still not exactly sure what is real and what has been a dream... Someone pinch me, please.

Have you ever experienced this or am I not making any sense, at all?


Traveling Companions & Better For You Desserts- Dove Chocolate Covered Cranberries from Sam's Club

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My favorite snack has to be chocolate covered fruit; I can't get enough! I could almost live on that, alone. If you've read my "about me" page, then this isn't news to you. So when traveling, I always make sure to have some with me. They satisfy the sweet tooth in a healthier way, keeping me from buying junk on the road or while in the air. I've always been a fan of Dove® Chocolate, so when I heard about these new Dove® Chocolate Covered Cranberries from Sam's Club, I had to get my hands on some! They were the perfect addition to my favorite traveling gear, including...

baseball cap (because who has good hair while traveling?) // makeup bag // favorite denim jacket // favorite and most comfortable sunglasses // a large, carry-all bag // comfortable sneakers // and of course- my Dove® Chocolate Covered Cranberries.

Dove® Fruit is real fruit, dipped in dark chocolate. It is rich in antioxidants, so not only will it be a better snack for your waistline, but your skin will see benefits, as well (as long as you're keeping the rest of your food habits in check, of course). Plus, who can say no to Dove Chocolate?!

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Dove® Fruit has limited availability, and can be purchased at your local Sam's Club. They will also be releasing a Whole Cherry version of this delicious snack, later this year! So, definitely keep your eyes out for those and grab the cranberry version while you can.

What is your go-to traveling or daily snack? Is anyone else as obsessed over chocolate covered fruit as I am?


Live Free

Sometimes it takes a great change in our physical world to make a great change within our personal, unseen world. At first, these changes are uncomfortable, often times they are painful. But after a while, they become a part of us that we would never change, perhaps a scar we are proud of, and they are always something we are stronger for. They open us up, allowing us to more easily accept the lessons we are meant to learn. 

One day, perhaps many years from now, we will understand these circumstances we are meant to face. They will make sense. We will be able to see them from a distance that will make everything clear. Until then, we rely on faith. Faith to let go of the things we cannot control. We are here to grow, whether it is in joy or sorrow, we will grow. It is up to us how we choose to experience it. Life is beautiful and we have it in our power to live it in constant happiness or misery. So come what may and love it, because that kind of life is freeing. 

"Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine." -Gordon B. Hinckley


Mercer + James // Menswear Inspired

One of my favorite ways to dress is inspired by menswear; it's so classic and simple, yet it makes a statement. For this outfit, I wanted to draw inspiration from Mercer + James. They're a luxurious men's grooming and accessory company- and they're completely classy! They sell gentlemen's hats, classic shaving kits (which are awesome!), and even some vintage razors and shaving tools. Now I just need a man in my life whom I can shop for.

suspenders- similar
skirt- lulus
shoes- ecco
necklace- the land of salt
silver bracelet- kotah bear jewelry
fox bracelet- fifth & mae

There is nothing like a great, menswear inspired outfit to make me feel classy, put together, and ready to take on the world. Oxford booties, suspenders, and structured pieces... yes, please! If you have a man in your life, be sure to check out Mercer + James for some of the classiest men's products, around. 


Summer Beauty With Walgreens

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It's no secret that I love makeup and beauty products... I'm a makeup artist, it's part of my job. But wearing and using a lot of products in the middle of summer can be tough, a lot of times it seems to just melt right off. So today I am talking about how to get my summer beauty look that will last! You can find all of these products at your local Walgreens, can you say "convenient"?

First, we must start with a clean, fresh pallet. I love beginning my day by cleansing with the Yes to Blueberries facial wipes! They're refreshing, filled with antioxidants, and smell amazing. Next, while my face is soaking in some moisturizer, I like to (any time of year, not just in the Summer) spray some sunscreen on the rest of my body. I love the long lasting and easy application of the Banana Boat Protect and Hydrate SPF 30. Then I begin my makeup application with the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation. This stuff is amazing and my current go-to, drug store foundation! After foundation, I apply some powder then bronzer. What is a Summer look without some bronzer, after all? I then add some blush and my face is complete!

I then apply my current favorite, drug store mascara- Scandaleyes Retro Glam from Rimmel. It goes on thick and layers easily, delivering big, bold lashes.

Lipstick is one of my very favorite steps in my makeup routine. When I am feeling somewhat drab, I grab a favorite color and I'm instantly feeling put together and radiant. My new favorite is this Revlon Color Burst Matte Lip Balm. It smells amazing and lasts all day!

I love nail polish, especially in the summer! Essie nail polishes come in an amazing variety of color, including some vibrant, fun colors for summer.

Last on my summer, must have list is this Fabulous Finish Hairspray from Mark Hill. First of all, the styling of the bottle is adorable. Second, it goes on so light that I don't feel like I'm wearing hairspray at all, which is just how I like it. But it keeps all of those baby hairs tamed and in place.

Of course, I could talk about my favorite beauty products all day, but these are a few of my favorites that I know you'll love! What are some of your favorites?

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To stock up on some of your own summer essential beauty products, be sure to use the gift with purchase offer which runs until August 30th. You can get a coupon by texting a code or visiting for a FREE travel-size make-up brush set, your gift with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category)! So head to the nearest Walgreens, you know you want to!